This has been a family favorite before it was a necessity, and costs just a few dollars to make. Canned tomatoes, garlic, onions, carrots and red pepper all pull together to make a very soul-satisfying dish.
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: cuban black beans and rice, easy rice and beans recipe, vegan beans and rice
Grated cheddar cheese or crumbled cojita or queso fresco cheese
Lime wedges to serve, optional
Hot sauce or salsaoptional
Heat a large pot with the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until they are translucent and tender, about 5 minutes, then add the garlic, red pepper, and carrots until you can smell the garlic and the peppers and carrots start to become tender, about 2 minutes. Add the oregano, cumin, and chipotle puree or chili powder, and stir until everything becomes very fragrant, about 1 minute more.
Add the black beans, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water or vegetable broth, bay leaf, and salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, and taste to see what seasonings you want to add.
Serve over hot cooked rice, with guacamole, crumbled or grated cheese, a squeeze of lime, salsa, scallions, and sour cream as desired/accepted.